Public Speaking

Grace Mattani

Public Speaking

The dictionary defines public speaking as the process and act of speaking or giving a lecture to a group of people in a structured, deliberated manner that is intended to inform or entertain the audience.

Types Of Public Speaking

Informative Speeches

An informative speech is essentially a lecture given to the audience about a certain subject or concern. If you're a student at school, you would be hear informative speeches all day because that is the type of speech a teacher gives to the class.

Persuasive Speeches

A persuasive speech is ... you guessed it, about persuading people. You are basically trying to convince someone to do or think something.
There are also many more types but these are the main ones.

Palm Cards

Palm Cards are a helpful way to help you remember your lines in your speech/poem.

Here are some tips:

  • You shouldn't put more than four sentences on each palm card
  • They should fit neatly in your hand
  • Include your key points
  • Use dot points to structure the card


Make sure you know your subject
  • Choose a topic you are interested in if you have a choice
  • Research your topic so you know what you are dealing with
  • Look at multiple sources for more accurate information
  • Look at websites, newspapers, videos, audio recordings and ask family and friends about your topic
  • Use sources you trust and comfortable with using


When practicing your speech you should:

  • Practice in front of your family
  • Time your speech to see how long it is
  • Speak at slow pace
  • Make marks on the paper where you need to edit your speech

Speaking and Presentation

When speaking in front of an audience you should:
  • Speak clearly
  • Speak at steady pace that is not to slow but not to fast
  • Look up from your palm cards are look at the audience
  • Have expression in your voice: No one wants to listen to a flat voice